From Beijing with Love

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From Beijing with Love
From Beijing With Love.jpg
Hong Kong film poster
Traditional 國產凌凌漆
Cantonese gwok3 caan2 ling4 ling4 cat1
Directed by Lee Lik-chi
Stephen Chow
Written by Stephen Chow
Roman Cheung
Vincent Kok
Lee Lik-chi
Starring Stephen Chow
Anita Yuen
Law Kar-ying
Lee Lik-chi
Music by William Hu
Cinematography Lee Kin-keung
Tom Lau
Edited by Ma Chung-yiu
Production
company
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release date
  • 14 September 1994 (1994-09-14)
Running time
83 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$37,523,850.00

From Beijing With Love (Chinese: 國產凌凌漆) is a 1994 Hong Kong action spy comedy film directed by Lee Lik-chi and Stephen Chow. The film is a very direct spoof of James Bond films, and stars Chow, Anita Yuen, and Law Kar-ying.

Synopsis[edit]

Golden Gun steals the cranium of China's only dinosaur fossil. Chow, starring as a hawker-secret-agent 007, is sent to Hong Kong by a high-ranking government official to recapture the cranium. When he arrives in Hong Kong, he meets Lee Heung-kam (Anita Yuen), who proposes to help him in his endeavor. However, Heung-kam turns out to be a subordinate of Golden Gun. Golden Gun is in actuality the government official who directs 007 to find the cranium.

Golden Gun instructs Heung-kam to send 007 on a false lead and tells him that the cranium may have been stolen by a smuggler. 007, with the help of Heung-kam, sneaks into a cocktail party held by the smuggler. Before he enters, he tells Heung-kam that he will fetch her some white roses. Heung-kam tells 007 to find evidence that the smuggler stole the cranium; meanwhile, Heung-kam hides in a tree, planning to snipe 007 from afar. The party is interrupted by a mysterious man (modeled after Jaws from James Bond) and a mysterious woman who are out to kill 007. Taking this opportunity, Heung-kam shoots 007 several times, including once in the leg with 007 thinking another assassin has shot him. 007 (who is wearing a bulletproof vest but not bulletproof trousers) escapes, grabbing three white roses on the way out. Heung-kam is touched by this gesture and saves his life. She decides to defect from Golden Gun. Together, the two destroy the organization that is behind the theft of the cranium. 007 eventually wins the hand of Heung-kam and is rewarded with a meat cleaver emblazoned with the calligraphy of Deng Xiaoping.

Cast[1][2][3][edit]

  • Stephen Chow as Ling-ling-chat (Homophonic pun of '007' in Cantonese)
  • Anita Yuen as Lee Heung-kam
  • Law Kar-ying as Tat Man-sai (another Homophonic pun of Leonardo da Vinci, transliterated in Cantonese)
  • Pauline Chan as mystery woman
  • Lee Lik-chi as man about to be executed/martial arts master
  • Wong Yat-fei as man about to be executed
  • Yu Rongguang as Chinese agent killed by Golden Gun
  • Lee Kin-yan as Regent Motel's manager
  • Yip Chun as Deputy Commander Chan
  • Leung Hak-shun as Lai Yau-wai
  • Leung See-ho as man about to be executed
  • Johnny Dang Siu-Juen as man about to be executed
  • Raymond Tsang as man from Hunan
  • Joe Cheng Cho as Metal Death Killer (clearly based on Jaws from Moonraker)
  • Indra Leech as guard
  • Wong Kam-kong as Golden Gun, masquerading as Yuen, Ling's Commander
  • Ku Ming-Wah as firing squad commander
  • Chow Yee-Fan as bald waiter
  • Quinton Wong Liu-Che as photographer
  • Wong Kar-Leung as soldier
  • So Wai-Nam as soldier
  • Tang Tai-Wo as soldier
  • Lam Kwok-Kit as soldier
  • Chung Wing as soldier
  • Wong Shiu-Keung as hotel clerk
  • Lo Gwok-Wai as firing squad soldier

Salutation to other films[edit]

DVD cover.
  • The name of the film in Chinese, Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (國產凌凌漆), means "the domestically-produced 007". 凌凌漆 is a homophone for the number "007" in Chinese.
  • The name of the "ultimate weapon" invented by Tat Man-sai, 要你命3000 (Lifetaker 3000), is also the name of a Hong Kong, low-budget blue movie.
  • The Universe Laser DVD cover (pictured on right) of the movie parodies that of the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights.
  • The Golden Gun's signature weapon is a spoof of the golden gun used in the James Bond novel The Man with the Golden Gun. Unlike the one from the James Bond series, this is a gold-plated Thompson/Center Contender with extremely powerful expanding bullets of piercing or explosive force.

Music[edit]

The song Stephen Chow sang while playing the piano is 李香蘭 by Jacky Cheung.

Box office[edit]

It grossed a huge HK$37,523,850 in Hong Kong.

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
1995 14th Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Stephen Chow Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Law Kar-ying Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From Beiling With Love (1994)". hkmdb. Retrieved 17th June 2016
  2. ^ ""From Beiling With Love (1994)". Hong Kong Cinemagic. Retrieved 17th June 2016
  3. ^ "From Beijing with Love (1994)". chinesemov.com. Retrieved 29 June 2010. 

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